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Information Use in Uganda

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Information flow and use at different levels of government in Uganda on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

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Information Use in Uganda

  1. 1. Information Use in Uganda Information flow and use at different levels of government in Uganda on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  2. 2. Problem <ul><li>The Uganda national government has a policy towards total sanitation </li></ul><ul><li>At lower levels of government, priorities are different </li></ul><ul><li>Information from national level does not reach/is not used by lower levels </li></ul><ul><li>Why not? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research <ul><li>Five-month visit to Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with stakeholders at national, district, and sub-county level </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>flow of information (who receives what) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of information (is something done with it?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reasons (why do people do what they do?) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Flow of Information <ul><li>Flow of information: check documents from national level down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to district level: 6-8 out of 8 docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to sub-county level: 4-6 out of 7 docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to communities: perceived as problematic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So, the more decentralized, the more problematic the flow of information </li></ul><ul><li>(Internet access only national/district level, mainly e-mail) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Use of Information <ul><li>At all levels: use of received information is low, with a few exceptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>handbooks/manuals are used more than policy documents </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Reasons <ul><li>Poor appreciation of sanitation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Dept.: prefer hardware (pumps) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Dept.: prefer curative health (hospitals) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poor appreciation of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No incentives to share knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No incentives to improve practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No reading culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No monitoring or follow up </li></ul>
  7. 7. Discussion <ul><li>Do you recognize these problems and the reasons? </li></ul><ul><li>What motivates you to share knowledge or to use information? </li></ul><ul><li>Could improved Internet access play a role in improving the situation in Uganda? </li></ul>

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